Twins 6, Rangers 5
With his recent success against the Texas Rangers, Cole De Vries
was glad he got a second chance to face the top-scoring team in the
De Vries won for the first time in nearly two months, Ben Revere
had four hits and the Minnesota Twins held off the Rangers 6-5
Sunday to snap a five-game losing streak.
The Twins rookie right-hander threw five pitches in the first
inning before he endured a rain delay of 1 hour, 26 minutes.
Manager Ron Gardenhire said he normally would replace a starter
after that lengthy of a break.
Instead, De Vries (3-5) was sent back to the mound. He responded
by allowing two runs and three singles in five innings against the
”I was pretty much 100 percent sure that it wasn’t going to
happen because our bullpen has just been killed the past couple of
days,” said De Vries, who threw 98 pitches. ”So I had to go out
there and eat up as many innings as I could.”
De Vries was 0-4 in 10 starts since beating Kansas City on June
30. Included in that drought was a tough-luck start against the
Rangers on July 8 where he pitched seven shutout innings before his
bullpen blew a lead.
”I’m happy to have a performance like that against a powerful
offense,” De Vries said.
The Twins avoided getting swept in the four-game series. They
finished a 10-game road trip with a 2-8 record.
Revere lined an RBI triple in the sixth that gave the Twins a
6-2 lead. The speedy right fielder reached base five times and
scored three runs.
”We finally got one to go our way,” Revere said. ”We’re a
good enough team that we should be able to compete with these
Josh Hamilton hit his 35th homer for Texas and drove in four
runs, giving him a major league-leading 111 RBIs.
Scott Feldman (6-10) lost his fourth straight start. He gave up
six runs and 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings.
”I made good pitches,” Feldman said. ”That’s the frustrating
thing about it.”
Texas jumped on De Vries after the rain delay.
The AL West leaders got three straight singles after play
resumed, capped by Hamilton’s two-run hit that put Texas on top
De Vries retired 15 of the next 16 he faced. The only batter to
reach was Geovany Soto, who struck out but got to first on a passed
Minnesota’s starting pitching had been battered in the first
three games of the series, giving up 18 earned runs and 24 hits in
9 2-3 innings.
Relievers Casey Fien and Jared Burton combined for 2 2-3
scoreless innings and Glen Perkins worked a perfect ninth for his
seventh save in 10 chances.
”We can score some runs,” Gardenhire said. ”We just need an
opportunity to stay in games.”
Hamilton hit a two-run homer off Jeff Gray and Nelson Cruz added
a solo shot two batters later to bring Texas within 6-5 in the
Texas center fielder Craig Gentry took a home run away from Joe
Mauer in the ninth. Gentry went back to the nearly 9-foot wall,
jumped up and snared the drive before it cleared the fence.
The Twins a took the lead for good with an unearned run in the
third as first baseman Mitch Moreland and third baseman Adrian
Beltre committed errors. Justin Morneau’s sacrifice fly to shallow
left, which Hamilton dropped while transferring the ball from his
glove, put the Twins ahead 3-2.
Mauer and Trevor Plouffe had RBI singles in the fifth that
extended Minnesota’s lead to 5-2.
Revere walked and scored on Josh Willingham’s double in the
first. The Twins tied the game at 2 in the second on Pedro
NOTES: Twins LHP Scott Diamond said he is ready to make his
scheduled start Tuesday as he awaits word on his appeal of a
six-game suspension for a pitch thrown near the Hamilton’s head.
Diamond said the appeal was filed late Friday afternoon and was
uncertain whether the league would address it by Monday. ”I don’t
know when I will hear,” Diamond said. ”It might take them a day
or two.” … The Tampa Bay Rays announced that RHP Alex Cobb will
start against the Rangers on Wednesday. … Gentry ran into 2B Ian
Kinsler making a catch to end the fifth. Gentry was down for a
couple of minutes, but walked off on his own and remained in the